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|Language of Instruction:||Spanish||Language Requirement:||200-level|
|Housing:||Host Family||Non-Illinois Student Options:||All non-Illinois students|
|Illinois Sponsor:||Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)||Credit or Not for Credit:||For credit|
The University of Illinois SAO believes in offering students the opportunity to live, explore and develop through cultural immersion while benefiting from sound an academic program and superior student services. We have created a one-of-a-kind semester or year program in Ecuador that offers an integrated academic and social environment and the support and encouragement of a knowledgeable, experienced program staff.
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Where you will study
Agriculture, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Biology, Cinema and Television, Communication/Media, Ecology, Economics/Businesses, Engineering, Food Sciences, Health/Medicine, History, Spanish, Languages, Law, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, Veterinary Science, Women's Studies, Accounting, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Graphic Design, Hospitality, Human Resources, Marketing, Mathematics, Natural Resources, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Tourism.
For a full listing of courses, click on the following link.
Students should note that USFQ's online course system lists courses as 1 credit hour more than their UIUC course equivalents. For example, a class that shows as 4 credit hours at USFQ will only come back as 3 credit hours at UIUC, and a class that shows as 3 credit hours at USFQ will only come back as 2 credit hours at UIUC. Students with credit-hour requirements for financial aid or scholarships should keep this in mind when planning their schedules.
Experiential Learning / Volunteer Opportunities
Tiputini Biodiversity Station, located at the heart of the Yasuní National Park in the Amazon Rainforest, is a favorite trip among students. Built in one of the most pristine sections of rainforest in the world as a joint project by USFQ and a few U.S. universities, the station is only accessible by riverboat and houses researchers who need to get up close and personal to the wildlife. The station also has cabins for visitors, and every international student at USFQ has the opportunity to visit the unique research station for 4 days for an additional cost of about $400-$500 dollars. Local guides and workers will take students along trails and in boats to get a look at tropical birds, insects, dolphins, and every animal you could imagine. Tiputini is famous for being the most biodiverse place in the world, but also for the oil reserves that lie below it and threaten its preservation. Read about National Geographic's coverage of Tiputini here, and about USFQ's involvement here.
Each Illinois Center has an onsite resident director whose purpose is to support you both inside and outside of the classroom during your time abroad.
Resident Director Profile
Maria Teresa Barragan
Maria Teresa Barragan, born in Riobamba, Ecudor, has been the Academic Director and RD of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Illinois Exchange program since 1994. As an adolescent, Maria lived and studied in Baltimore, Maryland for her high school years. After studying in the States, she returned to Ecuador and received a degree from the Universidad Catolica de Quito in linguistics and became an English teacher. She received a masters degree in Intercultural Education from Newport University in California years later. Outside of being the RD, she is the founder and now president (since 2005) of the Foundation FEVI (Foundation for Intercultural Education and Volunteering). The foundation works with the education of children in marginal areas of Ecuador. Personally, she is married with 2 grown children: Jorge, who is 33 years old and lives in Switzerland, and Andres, who is 21 and lives and studies in Ecuador.
Students will live with an Ecuadorian family carefully selected by the Resident Director, based on the preferences you express. Your homestay will introduce you to Ecuadorian society and culture, and help you improve your Spanish. Past participants often cite the home stay as the most beneficial and memorable aspect of their study abroad experience.
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day. Preference will be given to students applying by the priority deadlines.
Spring Semester Programs
Priority Deadline: June 15
Final Deadline: September 15
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs
Priority Deadline: January 15
Final Deadline: February 15
How to Apply
Please click the Create App button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee by clicking Create App and logging in.
The USFQ, Ecuador application requires:
- Official transcript
- 1 letter of recommendation (must be from an academic advisor, TA, or professor but does not need to be from a Spanish instructor)
- Personal essay in Spanish and in English
- Online questionnaires
- 2 Personal Photos
Additional information and supplemental application requirements will follow once you are accepted to the program.
Resources & Contact Information
Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Study Abroad Office Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Ecuador Program Advisor
Location and Mailing Address
Study Abroad Office
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
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Please review the program dates table below:
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2015||09/15/2014 **||Rolling Admission||01/10/2015||05/17/2015|
|Fall Semester||2015||02/15/2015 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Academic Year||2015-2016||02/15/2015 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed